The last four months have been action packed. I finished one of the largest builds ever, sent the A.L. Swett Cast Iron Bench refinish project onto its new home, built a custom sofa stand, finished a bunch of other small projects, Alaskan milled some pine slabs, reorganized the shop and lofts about three times, refinished a table top, honed my air gun spray skills, set up a few makeshift spray booths in the shop, and so much more.

It's been busy to say the least. You can check out some of the recent builds, especially the large custom corner cabinet project on the Portfolio page.

More projects are in process, and if you haven't yet, follow along on my Instagram @RandallsWoodWorks and don't forget to like my facebook page RandallsWoodWorks. Enjoy the summer!


February has flown by, but I was able to finish this months "Relaxing Sunday Build." A coastal cottage style coffee table. It started with a reclaimed pine top I've had laying around for a couple of years, and enough left over cuttoffs and scraps from the loft builds to create the base.

Building the base with all the slats forced me to start using my pneumatic paint spray gun. I picked that up on the cheap a few years ago, but never took the time to learn how to use it. That mistake has been corrected. The spray gun saves a ton of time and the finish is much better than brushing or rolling.

I have a few other projects in the works as well, and am always moving stuff around in the shop to get a better flow down. Recently I changed where my miter satation is located. The new location allows for longer outfeed sections and much better shop movement.

One of the new projects requires a lot of sheet goods (plywood) to be cut and my setup of a straight edge and cordless circular saw wouldn't cut it for quality. So I purchased a Track Saw. Another tool that saves tons of time and allows for perfectly straigh and square cuts! Much easier to work with too, and safer. Check out the video below of the first time I used it to make a cut.

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2018 started off right! I have been working on finishing the shop up for winter use. I added the second loft over the big door, and connected the two lofts, leaving openings on either side of the middle for access.

I also had to add some more GFIs and rewired an existing outlet so it was on it's own circuit. The really fun part was moving everything around in the shop multipple time to rewire the existing outlets so I can access them easier in the future. This required taking down shelving units and removing wall panels. But it's all done and ready to go

The ceiling has been insulated, at least enough to keep most of the heat in, and I added an air filter to help keep the lungs clear.

I plan on finishing the rest up later this year, lights, ceiling panels, paint, etc.

Now I just need to make some time and get back to project builds!

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The weather has been a little wacky this "winter"? It gets warm, then really cold, then warm again. Great for making everyone sick. But, the nutty weather and lack of heat in my shop has forced me to figure out a plan for finishing. Going all non toxics, so I can work in the house, the basement specifically.

The size of my projects will be limited, due to the door and stairs being narrow and a little hard to navigate, but I will be able to keep moving along, so problem solved in my book.

Currently I am finishing up the reclaimed gumwood bookcase, the coffee bar, applying the finish to the live edge maple and walnut stand, making a bunch of cutting boards for Christmas gifts and to sell. This coming week I'll be adding another Child's Steps With Hand Rails project, a Component Console, another Live Edge project, and possibly a coffee table made from all reclaimed and salvaged wood.

I also took some time to rearrange my shop for better flow. It all started with just turning my table saw around, but quickly escalated into a complete rearrangement of the floor layout. Every time I do this, the work space gets much easier to move around in and the work flow increases. I always analyze space, work flow, and movement, then applying of better ideas.

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Post Turkey Day Progress
It's been slow, yet productive these last couple of weeks. I finished the assembly and sanding of the Live Edge Stand made from maple and walnut. It is smooth! I'll have to wait until the warmer weather comes to put the finishing touches on it, but for now it's done.

The jointer is still proving its value. I have started to create a coffee bar for my kitchen by special order of "the boss". The dimensioned lumber below is the second round at attempting x brace style legs. I'm using some reclaimed barn floor pine to build all the framing. The top and shelves will be made from white oak.

The reclaimed gumwood from the original garage loft, and original to my house bookcase is coming along too.

I also took all the scrap ash and walnut I had in my bin and made three cutting boards, branded, sanded, and in the process of oiling. Check out my Instagram in the next few days for the oiling video.

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Loving The New Joint Planer!
I finished the Live Edge Stand build this week with the help of the new joint planer. It's a great addition to the shop. I was able to use one of the chainsaw (Alaskan) milled slabs to create the legs for the top that I have been working on. So much easier and faster than hand planing! Crazy how we woodworkers get so excited over a tool.

I was also able to get the oak glue up completed and trimmed to size for the coffee bar for "the boss". This is my first run at creating a stand / table with x brace style legs. What a challenging problem cutting the angles on the braces present. I went the fast, possibly unsafe route this round. I cut them free hand on my sliding miter saw, only using a penciled in guideline as a reference. I really should have built a jig. Maybe next time.

It was another great week, stay tuned for more this coming week. I haven't figured out how to finish all my builds because of the cold weather, but that won't stop me from building!

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A new addition to shop!
I finally broke down and picked up a jointer. Technically it's not my first jointer, but since the other two I had in the past were next to useless and didn't stay around for very long. This is the first "real" joint planer I have ever owned.

It was a lucky CL find. 2002 model G1182HW 6" in almost new condition and the guy who sold it to me had already leveled the beds and dialed in the knives, which are sharp as new!

Holy wolf mother can I move a lot faster now. For the last three or so years I have been doing all my dimensioning with hand planes, the table saw, and thickness planer. This just stepped my game up considerably. Combined with the new shop and the ever Feng Shuing of it, I am able to go at least 10x faster than a year ago!

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Time has flown!
Last summer, fall, and winter was extremely busy. I milled an incredible amount of wood after breaking down and getting my new STHIL 362 chainsaw, which is AWESOME! What a difference that made with Alaskan milling. A 25" bar really helps too.

Then the biggest project to date came, buying a house!

Yes, I am now the proud owner of my first home. But that's not the real project, I now have my own shop! The two stall garage is all for woodworking. I can't begin to describe how exciting that was.

We moved in February of 2017 and I can say the shop is set up quite well for being in it less than a year. I swear I've moved everything at least 20 times, but I managed to get most of the walls insulated, sheathed, and some electrical outlets roughed in. As well as the first of two lofts built and a man door installed. There is still a ton of work to do, but it's a great start for the first year.

With all of the moving and new house projects it was tough to squeeze in woodworking projects, but I managed. The images below only represent a small amount of the overall picture, but I was able to work on a wide range of projects. From refinishing to designing a few new builds. I even got a few days of barn beam salvage and wood milling in! Plus I helped take down an enourmous spruce tree I will be milling soon. Check back for more updates coming soon.

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This summer has been productive!
As you can see, the new mobile friendly version of my website is live! Multiple projects are underway and one has been completed and awaiting pick up. Below is some of the process that took place to create this custom coffee table.
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It's been a crazy couple of months.
I broke the 100+ year old handle on my No. 6 hand plane, which I use all the time over a motorized joint planer to flatten and square boards. After some research and reaching out to a fellow woodworker, I just figured out how to glue and clamp it back together. You can barely see where it broke, and I'm back in business.

Project wise I have been working on a standing desk for my web developer, who's in the process of building a mobile friendly version of this website. Also, the cast iron park bench restoration project is coming along. More of a personal project with far too many hours dedicated to it, but it will be sick when it's finished. My first attempt at making a cutting board with a juice groove for a customer. The sliding top coffee table that will double as a hidden gun cabinet for another customer. And, I'm still milling and cutting up salvaged barn beams, along with a bunch of other firewood for my friend who has been kind enough to store the beams on his property. Plus many other projects in the works. This has been a great start to a summer.
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Yesterday was Saw Dust Saturday and it was a great one.
A lot was accomplished. Best of all were the two projects below, the bench / stand / whatever from the recently sand blasted salvaged barn beam, and a quick 10 minute case for my hand planes.
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And this is the hand plane case I made from the old extension table of my table saw and the handles of used foam brushes. Some day I will make a true carpenter's case, but this works for now.
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I have completed my first true production Adirondack Chair.
The improved ergonomics makes this much more comfortable than other Adirondack chairs. Trust me, I had to sit in A Lot of chairs for research. Also, it has a much more rigid and stronger back brace design for some accessories that will be added to the next few production chairs. It's built to last until you want a new one.
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There are quite a few other projects in the works as well. More to come on the cast iron bench, salvaged barn beam bench, collapsible shooting target stand, door to table #9, and many, many more.


The cast iron bench project is now back underway!
With some sand blasting of the legs. I recently picked up a siphon style blaster that hooks to my compressor. A much faster and much less smelly way to strip old paint from the metal legs. Only down side is I have a really small compressor, so I only can blast for a minute or so until the compressor cycles. I guess it's time to add a large compressor to the shop tools needed list. Pics of the process and final result for the sitting bench coming soon.


I now have some branded gear for purchase.
I will be adding the page for it soon to the website, but here an image of the hoodie and what the logo looks like on the items is below. I have Hoodies, Long Sleeve T Shirts, and Regular T Shirts. All in black with the logo in white. Email me if you are interested in purchasing any one of them. Costs are $25 for Hoodie, $15 for Long Sleeve T, $10 for Regular T-shirt.
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I am also refining the Adirondack Chair design for manufacturing and finding ways to cut and finish parts faster. A tedious task that somehow is enjoyable because of the problem solving involved. I will be making two variations of the current design, one will be less expensive and the other will be the high end model.

I recently acquired an old cast iron triple leg park bench that the wood had all but rotted off. I have cut new seat and back slats from a salvaged maple table top and am in the process of sand blasting the cast iron to ready for paint.

Many other projects are in the works too, new finished pieces will be added soon.


The barn salvage from last November.
It yielded a lot of material to clean, sort, and mill. I have purchased my first Alaskan Mill and set it up on my chain saw and have begun to rip down some of the large barn beams into workable lumber. It’s saving a ton of time and reusing great wood that would go to waste otherwise.

I’m ripping everything at an inch and a half right now, but will go to one inch once I’m better at keeping the saw completely flat. Even with guides there is a tendency to rock, especially if the chain isn’t sharp. This kind of work dulls chains quick, after about 10 feet of sawing it needs to be sharpened. It’s an excellent workout too.
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I have recently finished my newest design of children's steps.
It has sides that have hand rails. Initially asked for as a custom job, I now have a new template item to add to my portfolio.

The steps are completed with a non toxic stain and finish.
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There is no sign of slowing down.
Since the summer I have completed 5 mock up Adirondack chairs trying to find the best design for comfort and ease of constructing. Quite a task. I refuse to sacrifice quality and comfort for shoddy construction and profit. Not great for a business model, but wonderful for someone who is looking to enjoy a great chair... I want a great chair. I'm sure someone else does too.

I also finished a stand with a single drawer that was donated to a charity auction, finished the photographer's backdrop and delivered it to a very happy young professional, refinished a few pieces, and built a bunch of other items, many will be posted soon.

The last 3 weeks has been intense. With a salvage job for reclaimed wood, my table saw dying, the purchase of a new to me table saw, a new to me band saw, and continued projects in development, it's been just plain crazy. The good kind of crazy, the kind that smells like sawdust. More images coming soon and I will be working on fixing the spacing issues some of you may be seeing your devices and computers.


It's been busy these past months.
Over the winter I solidified a new design for an Adirondack chair, finalized a design for a single drawer stand that is tall and great for entry ways or as a plant stand near windows in a living room, etc. I started a photographer's backdrop that is two sided with multi colors on one and white wash of sorts on the other, refinished an antique oak farm table, an heirloom maple dresser, an antique maple dresser on casters that received a custom stain job, a victrola cabinet to be used as a possible dry bar, recently a cedar chest, and commode, and countless other little projects.

Last summer I did a salvage job (removing someone else's junk) and picked up 5 old hand planes. Ranging from a small palm plane to a large joint plane. They were completely covered in rust, so I restored them, learned how to sharpen the blades, and now have a very nice set of hand planes that I have been learning how to use. And wow, they are a really great tool to use. Especially for planing glue ups that I make for tops and are too big for the thickness planer. Plus, you get a heck of a work out using them. More to come soon, here are the pics of the hand plane restoration.
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Something new!
After many conversations and a few emails from people upset that they couldn't click on images and make them larger, I have listened and will be going through the site to make that happen. On the woodworking front, I have a bunch of projects in the works and this is the first year that I have almost every tool I need and some better quality ones as well. The shop space has finally come together and is organized and easier to work in. It's going to be a very productive year. Check back for new projects, I will post all recently completed projects first in their category. I have also added "Desks" to the "Cabinets" page so it is now "Cabinets and Desks".


After a great summer.
Securing some much needed lumber I have begun to build again. A couple of new projects have been posted; a small stand, an end table that is oversized for an oversized couch and a small stand that was a mock-up for a series of stands that I am currently building. Now with better species of wood I will be able to create more multi-specie pieces without the use of stains. The first project will be a small stand with a single drawer and bottom shelf. Then on to the big project of a matching coffee table and end table set.


I am currently working on updates to the website.
Posting some new projects, the latter will come first. It's been a busy summer and there are a few pieces that are coming together nicely and should be finished before Christmas. One or two that have already been completed will have the privilege of making it to the site. I will also be making the small "before" pics in the Cleaning and Refinishing page clickable to enlarge them for detail. Check back soon.


Cleaning tools and doing routine maintenance.
Spring is here and the shop needs some decluttering. I just started building a new stand for my joint planer. I'll be adding a shop page soon that will show what I make to use my tools. I have had a few email requests on how to refinish furniture, build jigs, start the woodworking hobby, etc. I never intended this site to be a how to, but I can definitely share the knowledge I have learned so far. Don't be afraid to send me an email with questions. I would be more than happy to answer any them.


Finishing up a new TV stand / console.
It has shelves that are far enough apart to stand up an XBOX or Wii and strong enough to hold any current flat screen TV. Pics coming soon.


Currently building simple coffee tables
They are sleek, modern, clean and a simple design that are functional, yet enjoyable to look at. Also just started work on a sitting bench that will be customized to hold a shoe horn made from a Brazilian wood. Can't wait to have the finish product to showcase.


Finishing up the final touches on a diesel TV and component stand / center.
It is made to hold around 400 to 500 pounds, so no bowing in the center like the crappy press board pieces you can buy at the big box stores.